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The Blackbird is intriguing. I'd like play one someday. Reminds me of the Parker Fly. It's fun to see innovations like these alonside the enduring classic designs.

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I'm glad I don't live on the East coast for the sake of my guitars! Around here, the humidity hovers around 50% year round, so I seldom have to worry about it.

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Maine Sail... nice guitars you have and had in the past... I wish I could have them all on my boat one day but I can't so the trusty Cordoba does the job and I have with me here in Montreal as I sulk in the winter snow storms... which quite a bit fell down since last night.
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One other interesting thing about the carbon fiber guitar: I cannot remember the last time I had to tune it. Not surprisingly, the darn thing is stable.

For sure, I like the tone of a big bodied Martin, but for a small guitar, the Blackbird has surprisingly good tone. Another local sailor turned me on to them.
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I play a black Little Martin, due to the size and how space on a boat is at a premium. I just leave it on the boat all season. Also, it's the High Density Plastic version, so my thinking is that it wouldn't be negatively affected by the often high humidity we experience.
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I'm very self indulgent when it comes to taking an axe sailing. I figure I want the best sound I can get all the time. I don't own any small guitars. The smallest I own is a Martin OM-28. That's a great guitar. My current fav is my giant Gibson JS-200 jumbo flat top. I have never taken it sailing. But I would. It's really not much bigger than my Guild D-50 or my Martin 00-20 so I think I could handle the size. It would frt on the quarter berth. It's very satisfying to play and it was good enough for Elvis so it's fine with me. As for the type of music I play, I'm not sure there is a name for it. I play a sort of combination Andre Segovia/Merle Haggard style.

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I hate bringing nice guitars on the boat, so I made one out of Formica. I've shown it here before, but I love it more and more all the time.

I'm actually in the process of building a new one that's a little smaller, because the size is the only thing I don't like about this one.

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Very nice looking guitar. Guess it doesn't need a pick guard. What would you compare the sound to?

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I hate bringing nice guitars on the boat, so I made one out of Formica. I've shown it here before, but I love it more and more all the time.

I'm actually in the process of building a new one that's a little smaller, because the size is the only thing I don't like about this one.

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I love the pattern on that, very vintage! I don't play but enjoy listening, so I have been thinking I might want to pick something up to keep on board for those that do play.
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Very nice looking guitar. Guess it doesn't need a pick guard. What would you compare the sound to?
It sounds like a decent cheap guitar. It's nothing special. But I wind up playing it more than anything because I don't care about keeping it properly cased and humidified and all that. It's just a fun beater guitar.

In my previous post I linked to the page about that guitar on my boat log, and there's an audio sample there.

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Re: What guitar do you play onboard?

I have an Epiphone Jumbo I keep in a hard case in the vee berth when I have it on the boat.....it spends a few months at a time on the boat and I haven't noticed any problems with it. I'm just learning, but pick away at some tunes from John Prine, Todd Snider, Neil Young, etc.....easy stuff for a beginner.


I've noticed that my neighbors close all their hatches when I bring out the guitar......



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